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Dirleton Castle

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This is a great castle. Lots of different rooms and passageways. You really get to an insight... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Beautiful Castle..

Decided to visit this area due to the fact there were a few castles open. On arrival there’s a... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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A romantic castle often in the forefront of Scottish history since it was built in the 12th century. The renowned gardens include an Arts and Crafts herbaceous border and Victorian garden. The herbaceous border has been authenticated by the Guinness...more
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Dirleton Road, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5ER, Scotland
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All reviews historic scotland nooks and crannies well worth a visit lovely village information boards bowling green stunning gardens walk around car park interesting history couple of hours sunny day east lothian bass rock border ruins dovecote
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great castle. Lots of different rooms and passageways. You really get to an insight into how people lived. Enclosed bedroom great. There are also lovely gardens to walk about. You could easily spend 2 hours in castle and much longer if you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to visit this area due to the fact there were a few castles open. On arrival there’s a small car park which is free of charge. We were greeted by a very friendly Historic Scotland worker. He was very polite and friendly. The castle...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 16, 2019 via mobile

A historic castle situated next to a farm castle mains. Still a working farm. In queit village of direlton yellowcraids beach close. North Berwick couple miles along road. Preseved ruin of a castle. With wonderful gardens. Not much eles to do or see ap art...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Andrew D
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Interesting castle & grounds. Great history associated with the area. Run by historic scotland. Well worth a visit to get some info about how people lived years ago. A lot of the building is well preserved.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank jacm949
Reviewed November 1, 2018

We've driven past Dirleton Castle for years and thought it was just a ruin but we were so wrong! We recently took our grandchildren (4 & 2) for a visit and we all loved it.. So much exploring to enjoy both upstairs and downstairs with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

We had amazing time at Dirleton Castle today. Too bad that the prison wasn’t open to the public. Staff was super nice :)

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

I took my mother and my children (aged 9 and 6) to Dirleton Castle this weekend, and despite my eldest having a huge meltdown because she didn't want to go, once we got there she loved it! It's a stunning ruined castle, which is still...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Alice L
Reviewed October 8, 2018

Not all that far from Edinburgh and close to North Berwick, Dirleton Castle - or what remains of it - is well worth the visit. Majestic ruins still convey an idea as to what life was like here in the Middle Ages and later periods....More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank gpm75015
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Fascinating place to visit, steeped in history, lots of information boards, spent an hour and a half exploring all the rooms and garden, dogs welcome too.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank katkins68159
Reviewed September 27, 2018

Staying in Warkworth decided on a visit to 2 castles in Scotland to give some insight into a book (3 Queens) I had just read. This castle was close by so took the opportunity to visit. Set in very well cared for grounds it doesn't...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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July 25, 2017|
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Response from Brian S | Reviewed this property |
I was there with my 7 year old son & 5 year old daughter, for a 7 year old, the castle is easily accessible but for my daughter, the steep stone steps and narrow staircases caused a few problems. - lot of hand holding and... More
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August 31, 2016|
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Response from AsbelLhant | Reviewed this property |
*allowed Lol. If your dog barks too much you may be kicked out ;)
June 19, 2016|
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Response from binaduncan | Reviewed this property |
Sorry to be so long in replying we are staying where there is no internet connection. We travelled by bike so parking not a problem, in fact caretaker took our bikes into castle grounds! Dirleton is a quiet we place and... More
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Greenville, SC
Scotland transportation (3 Replies)
What are our transportation options (no rental car) for taking a side trip from Edinburgh east to North Berwick (10-15 miles) and back? We want to visit the Dirleton Castle ruins, a national historic landmark and have a half day free on our tour.
February 01, 2010|
Response frommadscotsman115|
Hi, Take a fast and frequent train from Edinburgh Waverley to North Berwick
Portland, Oregon
Hiring a driver in Scotland (2 Replies)
In 1998 I spent two weeks in the beautiful Borders region of Scotland. My friend and I hired a car and she navigated while I drove and we did quite well. But on my next trip I would prefer not to drive. Does anyone know what a driver would cost per day? I would love to spend a couple of days seeing Jedburgh Abbey, Dryburgh Abbey, and Dirleton castle again, amoung other places. Thanks. Cynthia
July 18, 2010|
Response fromjoe c|
I have seen quotes here around £400-£500 a day. Are you sure you still prefer not to drive ? :-)
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
From Edin. to N Berwick -Visiting Castles (3 Replies)
Hello! Is it possible to take a train/bus from Edinburgh to the east, say around the N Berwick area. Would like to check out the Tantallon Castle & Dirleton Castle, but can we get to these castles without renting a car? Are the to far to walk to, once we get to their towns? We are planning on staying in Edinburgh and doing day trips to Stirling & Glasgow but would like more information on areas that are to the south and east of Edinburgh also. Thanks so much!
September 18, 2007|
Response fromNMCruzzin|
dedinburgh - The Tweed valley is steeped in history, is a very lovely area and a favourite of mine. Hope this gives you a start. What would you suggest as a day trip to this area from Edinburgh? All on foot, no car. I would really like to check out some of the -not visited so often -towns! Castles, churches oh! and if you have a tea room that you would recommend! smithstone - Thank you for the bus info! Does the 124/5 bus through Dirleton stop within walking distance to the Castle?...More